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Tenn. GOP ousts Speaker Williams

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The Tennessee Republican Party has decided to oust House Speaker Kent Williams from the party.

The decision was announced Monday by state GOP leader Robin Smith who said Williams is no longer a "Republican in good standing."

Last month, Williams banded with all 49 House Democrats to win the speakership by one vote over GOP nominee Rep. Jason Mumpower.

In a statement, Williams said, "Robin Smith has determined that I am not a Robin Smith Republican - that is a Republican in her mold" and went on to say, "I remain a Carter County Republican with the same principles that brought me to the General Assembly in the 2006 elections."

Williams previously said he would leave the party if asked, and become an independent.

He told News 2 Monday the decision to oust him was based on hate.

The ouster of Williams has cost the Republicans their 50-49 majority in the state House.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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